At the risk of boasting, this post on self-funding healthcare opens with;We propose that it is economically viable for the UK's National Health Service (NHS) to become a self-funding entity by selling patient healthcare data to a wide variety of industry actors. We also propose that an individual’s healthcare data record itself can eventually becoming an earning asset that can be passed on to future generations. - Idea conceived circa 2004.
....and then this article in the NY Times last week entitled Research Trove: Patients’ Online Data
Western democracies need to go beyond the p roposed current healthcare reforms by fundamentally changing the organisational model adopting open source mechanisms to create Public Interest Enterprises (Ubuntu is one of many good examples) that exhibit the same levels of transparency we see in the open source movement. Transparency changes behaviour.